9 Apr 2012
With the spring season in bloom and summer just around the corner, some of your closets may be in need of a seasonal change. Not all of us have the room to store all of our clothing in one space and some of us just like moving things around when the seasons change to make getting dressed more efficient. For this reason twice a year we get a little closer with our clothing. For those of you who do a seasonal swap every year this post is a good one for you!
Following the O.C.D. Experience Spring Cleaning tips and having a Spring Swap Party, it’s time to put your wintry clothes away and bring out those bright colored pants you’ve been waiting to wear all year. Follow Organize & Create Discipline’s suggestions on how to make an organized, efficient, and functional closet change.
Gather your thick sweaters, bulky jackets, and winter boots. Before you store them away for the new season, decide what you wore and didn’t wear. Make a pile of the items you are ready to leave behind and put them aside. Clean your saved items before you put them in storage. If you store clothes with stains on them they could ruin the fabric or material over time so make sure they are stain-free.
Choose from several options like these to store your clothes: large plastic bags, plastic air tight bins, multiple compartment hanging bags, or garment bags. All of these storage products can be found at The Container Store.
Organize & Create Discipline especially loves this Elephant hamper that can definitely be used for storage:
Not only are these storage units versatile, they are also easy to use. They hold a lot which make space for your in-season clothing. Make sure to label each storage unit into categories – for cold weathered inhabitants: sweaters, scarves, long underwear, socks, scarves, etc. so you know what is in each one and stay organized. Organize & Create Discipline consultants suggest that making a Master List is a great way to keep track of the things you put in storage. This way, if you ever find yourself looking for your favorite cashmere black sweater you can always check your storage list to see if it’s there.
There are several ways to preserve your clothes. Using herbal sachets is one way. These keep your clothes in storage smelling good and prevent moths from making holes in your favorite sweater. You can order them here. Another way to keep your clothes fresh in storage is to use a dryer sheet. This will also help keep your clothes smelling good. Make sure to store your off season clothing in a dry, cool and clean place, away from any moisture or heat to prevent your clothes from getting smelly or moldy.
Now that you have space for your in-season clothes, it’s time to reorganize your closet O.C.D. style:
- Color coordinate your button downs and blouses
- Stack your fold-able shirts by length of sleeve: long sleeves go on the bottom of the pile and tanks go on the top
- Use different colored hangers to separate your clothes into specific sections or categories
With these useful O.C.D. Experience tips, you will have no problem reorganizing and changing your closet for the upcoming seasons!